FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 11, 2020
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Government Shutdown Prevention Act under Rule 14 to make it available for quick consideration. The bill incentivizes Congress to properly consider and debate spending legislation in the future, as it is the only shutdown prevention plan that immediately cuts spending if an agreement is not reached.
Instead of Congress risking government shutting down operations, Dr. Paul’s plan would keep government open but institute a one-percent cut to then-current funding levels for any agency, program, and activity that Congress failed to fund by the start of the fiscal year (October 1). Funding would be reduced by another one percent every 90 days thereafter that an agreement is still not enacted.
“My Government Shutdown Prevention Act would help ensure Congress starts hitting its deadlines, making it a more responsible steward of the American people’s resources,” said Dr. Paul.
Currently, Congress does not face any consequences for failing to pass appropriations bills on time, which has helped lead to it pursuing procrastination over prudence and risking shutdowns due to impasses.
Along with ensuring government honors its obligations and maintains its operations, Dr. Paul’s proposal would give agencies the certainty of knowing that, in a worst-case scenario, they will always be able to operate with a full year of funding at no less than 96 percent of their then-current levels.
You can read Dr. Paul’s Government Shutdown Prevention Act HERE.